Zinc
Zinc

Zinc

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.zincfood.com/
  • Phone: 2036240507
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Tuesday - Friday 12:00pm - 2:30pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday 5:00pm - 9:00pm, Friday - Saturday, 5:00pm -10:00pm. Closed All Day Sunday
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Global, International, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Denise Appel
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Area, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Special Events: Zinc holds monthly wine tastings and wine dinners.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Between College and Temple Streets
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Validated parking is available in the Crown Street garage. Downtown Valet parking is located on Temple Street.
A word from Zinc
Across from the historic New Haven Green, ZINC offers an innovative farm-to-table menu that celebrates the surrounding community. Sustainable food has been the focus of ZINC since opening its doors twelve years ago. They have since remained a fixture in the downtown landscape as a dining experience fit for the most enthusiastic of foodies. Co-Owners Donna Curran and Chef Denise Appel combine more than 20 years of experience to create a restaurant that reflects their passion for great local food and quality service. ZINC has evolved into one of the city’s most popular gathering spots for both local foodies and visiting ones.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
  • Diners' Choice WinnerContemporary American
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
Zinc reviews from OpenTable diners
153 reviews since June 26, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.5
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
94% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (107)special occasion (84)neighborhood gem (52)romantic (51)good for groups (42)hot spot (37)notable wine list (36)great for lunch (28)vibrant bar scene (21)late-night find (10)great for brunch (5)scenic view (3)kid-friendly (3)great for outdoor dining (2)Show More
  • Good food - excellent service.
    Blindspot
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    The service was excellent. The food was good - but a bit pricey.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • excellent experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/20/2014
    Went for my husband's birthday. Had a fantastic meal and a nice romantic evening.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Yum as always
    Dockh
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    In principle the farm to table local loyalty is great...but what happens with those ingredients is divine. flavors are always so interesting and unexpected. Leaving room for dessert here is a MUST, as the pastry chef is truly gifted...bowl-licking gifted!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • McMolly
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Loved everything about Zinc. Haven't been there in years ( not sure why) but it will definitely become a regular go to place again. We had the shrimp appetizer and a wonderful selection of cheeses. For entrees both the tuna and gnocchi were fabulous. Our taste buds were dazzled with each fork full of everything we ordered. Dessert was sublime. We have already made another date to return. The service was excellent with several staff people making sure we we happy and well looked after.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • unfortunately very uneven
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    The beet salad was great. The cod was really special. The fish was fresh and the flavors were complex and delicious. However ,the hanger steak was really tuff and should have been marinated. We also had the maple rice pudding with gelato, what a sugery mess! Our waitress was midly attentive and never asked us if we enjoyed your main course and clearly didn't notice that the dessert want eaten
    Special Features:
    hot spot, romantic, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious
    Happy
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Our group of four had a great first time experience at Zinc. We were well attended to and the food was excellent. Everything was perfectly cooked and none of us left food on our plates! The desserts were fabulous as well. We look forward to returning again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great, BUT…..
    OboeJoe
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    ZINC has become a New haven go to place BUT, pricing is unrealistic for what you get. I'm very willing to pay well for an outstanding meal but ZINC is just over the top in terms of what they are actually serving. They either need to upgrade the servings or bring the price down.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, late-night find, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A+
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Fantastic food, great service, reasonable prices… Can't wait to go back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wow.
    dktahara
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Every dish I had (and I had many, as I was part of a large group) was impeccable. A gold standard for New Haven cuisine (better than Union League by a mile).
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Zinc
    HollyLightly
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Zinc was a lovely dining experience. Our service was impeccable. The menu, though somewhat limited, offered dining gems. We ate with six people each of whom ordered something different and each of us loved our meal. Aside from our server, other people from the restaurant stopped by to see if we were happy and all of our needs were being met. We were celebrating my mother's 75th birthday and they made her feel very special. I would strongly recommend Zinc for special occasions or anything else.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • delish
    mangiacomida
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    Had the hanger steak, cooked "half alive. " The chef did a superb job, and it was one of the most tender, flavorful, and expertly cooked steaks I have ever had. Great atmosphere, attentive wait staff, and definitely a place to go for any special occasion.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, hot spot, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    Better than average food. Good overall experience. Service could improve some.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent food, took back wine
    Kpndc
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    We ordered a bottle of wine and it didn't taste right to us . Zinc was quick to take it back and recommend something else which we really enjoyed. We each ordered different salads and entrees and everyone was pleased with the food, no disappointments at all. This is our second visit and we will return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always delicious
    myrna
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Multi repeat customers consistently happy Great food surprises
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • delicious
    IluvfoodVIP
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    went for dinner- we had a nice mix of all the offerings and everyone loved their dishes; always go for special occasions and will continue to go back
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • SuzanneVIP
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    We ordered all items on the market menu and, as usual, all were excellent...another graet job by Denise and the entire team!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • taste changed but still great
    happyfoodieVIP
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    After summer break, I felt some of the dishes tasted slightly different. The source of famous duck nachos tasted differently, the dip for complementary crunch became less spicy, etc. But, generally, the food quality still stands out. I recommend "slow roasted pork ribs", "cod" for main. Also the forever wonderful "duck nachos" and "tuna". Chocolate mousse was delicious. They used to have very melting and creamy "half goat and half cow cheese", unfortunately, it was no long creamy when I ordered.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great spot for a nice dinner
    calfoodie
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    I took my mother here when she was visiting me and we both thought the restaurant was fantastic. I ordered the duck nachos for an appetizer, which were amazing. We both enjoyed our entrees. I got the scallops and my mother ordered the lobster risotto special. Very fresh and high quality seafood. I definitely think it's the perfect place to take visiting relatives. I've heard it's one of the nicer restaurants in New Haven, and some diners were a bit dressed up. But we're from California and didn't find the place too formal or stuffy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • No comment
    NoneVIP
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    No comment No commentNo commentNo commentNo comment
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Creative and Sophisticated
    savoryeaterVIP
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    My husband and I arrived almost an hour before our reservation time (we were starving and decided to stroll over early). Though they couldn't seat us at a table, they offered us seats at one end of the bar, which turned out to be a great choice. Comfortable seats, a knowledgeable and pleasant bartender, and selection from the regular menu. I ordered two small plates, the tomato salad and grilled shrimp, while my husband ordered the pot roast special, which came with soup and dessert. Everything was delicious, flavorful, and nicely presented. The dessert, squash pie, was delicate and scrumptious (we shared!). When we left, the hostess made a point of asking whether the bar seating had been okay. Would highly recommend Zinc.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • SuzanneVIP
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    We went for another market menu last week. Denise and all her staff did another fantastic job!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First time at Zinc
    Charcutter
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    I can see why this is one of the best and most established resturants in New Haven. Food was fresh, delicious and, creative.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing
    zooba
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    Everything was perfect, from the time we sat down to the time we left. We'll most definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • GREAT FOOD, INNOVATIVE
    enjoyedit
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Zinc has long been one of our favorite Connecticut dining experiences. They do a superb job of providing unique flavors graciously with quality always a key element to be applied to both ingredients and staff. We've nothing but good words for Zinc with one last comment...consistency. Zinc never lets us down and is always a memorable evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Will be back
    rmcm
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    We went to Zinc to celebrate a birthday. The food was very good and the service is excellent. We will go back again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fabulous Meal
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Had dinners at Zinc. Each course was meticulously composed, each bite was delicious. There were three in our party and each of us raved about the presentation, taste and quality of our meal. Each place had many layers of flavor developed, we savored each bite. Can't wait to return to experience another dinner at Zinc.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Perfect as usual!
    Nelson
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Zinc never disappoints! The food and service are outstanding. The staff are friendly and informative. The atmosphere is warm and welcoming. Would come 6 days a week if we could!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Reviews did not lie!
    BOKUNHANDL
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    We were meeting up with friends from Australia whom we have know for 40+ years. We all met in New Haven, CT. We needed a place for dinner and found this place on a web site. The reviewers were spot on. This place is beyond fabulous. The duck nachos, to die for as were the lettuce wraps. My scallops were superb as were the hangar steak and chicken entrees. The chocolate mousse was too rich for me, but very delicious. Our server was wonderful and has a great sense of humor. Would I go back the next time I am in New Haven, CT---you better believe. And our Aussie friends were very impressed and thanked me for finding this gem.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Service
    ricky
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    Food is great, but service is most notable. The staff promptly refilled water immediately when not full. This seems small but is a big plus as it is no fun waiting for a long period to ask for a refill or to have to ask period.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome
    Abay
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    An absolutely fantastic dining experience. The steak was fantastic and my girlfriend loved the chicken. Our waitress was attentive and helpful. Overall, we had a great time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic Place
    Lily
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    We really enjoyed the food and the ambiance. We always recommend it to our friends and coworkers
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Business Dinner
    LovetheGulf
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    Food and service excellent however being stuck in corner adjacent to door was very cramped and uncomfortable. I had to request my associate to stand so I could exit the table. Hostess was a bit pretentious however the bartender and other wait staff were delightful!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding food!
    diningout
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Party of 5 came in after a Yale/Brown football game and we were seated immediately. The waiter knew his menu and was able to give us good ideas. The food was terrific and the wine list was tremendous. Will be back again after another game.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great for romantic date night
    kbarrante
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    My husband and I celebrated our 3rd anniversary here recently. The food was fantastic and we brought a special bottle of wine with us. Our waiter was very attentive and friendly. The cocktail menu is inventive and we love this spot. :)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, romantic
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • delish
    CoolLady
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    I had salmon and the chef substituted Asian black rice for rice beans and the result was delicious. He should add it to the menu. Very nice wine list also. I'd come again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sophisticated and eclectic fare
    Grazer1
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Love the eclectic menu and the use of ingredients from local farms. Lots of great Asian flavors. Even better than last time. Great selection of apps and artisanal cheeses, too. They gave our party of four a huge table in front of the plate glass window on Chapel street--our own private dining space.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • always a treat
    cheshireVIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    When Denise is cooking, you can never go wrong. We love this place!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistently excellent!
    8itall
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Zinc never disappoints! The food is packed with flavor. The staff is very knowledgable and accommodating. I would recommend this restaurant to anyone who truly appreciates excellent food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just as good as the first time!
    MoeCO
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    I have had dinner at Zinc twice in the month of August and the second time was just as good as the first time. Appetizers are very tasty as are the entrees. And desserts are very good. It's nice to go back to a restaurant and have the same experience as the first time. And it's nice to find a restaurant that serves very good food. I have he the scallops entree and the salmon entree and both were very good. We had a cheese plate for one of our appetizer ... Very good. And he peanut butter dessert was great! Looking forward to returning again to this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ms. Food Snob
    Number1FoodSnob
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    This is a Wonderful Place for a Sophisticated Palate! A wonderful fusion of dishes: where East meets West. Spices from around the world, are used; and preparations, not found anywhere else in the New Haven Area! The Tuna with the Fried Spinach and Spring Rolls were relish. Wonderful bar, too!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.